|Birth: ||Feb. 23, 1924|
|Death: ||May 18, 2010|
Funeral Services for Harry Marlin, age 86, of Brownwood, Texas will be held 10:00 A.M. Friday, May 21, 2010 at the Heartland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at the Rock Church Cemetery near Blanket, Texas. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home.
He passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at Brownwood Regional Medical Center.
Harry, the son of Jesse James and Myrtle Green Marlin, was born and raised in Brown County and attended school in Blanket. On April 6, 1943 he joined the United States Army Air Force and served during WW II as a ball turrett gunner on a B17 Bomber. He was honorably discharged on August 2, 1945. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Harry had many professions during his life. He retired as a insurance investigator for Equifax but, was also a former police officer for the city of Brownwood and was a well known author-writer. His enjoyed photography, writing, gardening, traveling to Big Bend and his little dog Bitsy.
His companion of 32 years Bernell Dewees of Brownwood, Texas
Sons: Jimmy Marlin and wife Debbie of Santa Anna, Texas
Ken Marlin and wife Jennifer of Chandler, Arizona
Daughter: Laura Marlin of Brownwood, Texas
Grandchildren: Paul, Colt, Jesse, Levon and Noah Marlin
Jason Gibbs, Jayla Hight
Kenzy Montoya, Zachary Marlin, Sidney Marlin
Close friend: Carla Tate of Brownwood, Texas
Numerous great grandchildren great great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters
Traveling through the verdant and bucolic countryside he loved, friends and family members in a lengthy procession of vehicles escorted Harry Marlin to his final resting place Friday morning.
Before the trip to the cemetery, about 150 people attended a funeral service at Heartland Funeral Home in Early, where Marlin's body lay in an open casket draped with an American flag. Before the service began, dozens of photos from Marlin's life were projected in a slide show on a large screen.
The photos depicted a handsome, vibrant and grinning Marlin in a variety of settings and at different ages — usually either surrounded by family members or friends, or standing alone before a mountain vista.
Richard Hetzel, who officiated at Marlin's funeral, referred to a group of Bible verses which, he said, are "the Gospel in a nutshell."
"Unfortunately we can't put Harry's life in a nutshell," Hetzel said.
Remarks from Hetzel and Marlin's daughter, Laura Marlin of Brownwood, portrayed a man who was loved by his family and admired by those who knew him well or knew him little — or knew him through his witty but pointed columns that used to run Tuesdays in the Brownwood Bulletin and other literary musings.
"He was a guy who might have marched to a little bit of a different drummer," Hetzel said. "But he was a man who loved life and who loved people. And oh my goodness, he could put words together ..."
Referencing Marlin's own writings, Hetzel described the seminal events that helped shape Marlin including the Great Depression, which Marlin experienced as a boy growing up on a farm near Blanket, and, of course, World War II. Marlin, as most folks know, was a ball turret gunner in a B-17 bomber. He survived German flak and German fighters to make it home in one piece.
"He went through lots of good times, but he also went through lots of troubles," Hetzel said.
On the way to the cemetery, Hetzel said. "we'll pass some scenery that he loved. ... I know how much he loved the God of all creation."
Marlin, Hetzel said, "might not have followed all of churches but he could never get away from the love of God."
Hetzel referred to an Old Testament scripture that proclaims "a merry heart doeth good like a medicine."
Marlin, he said, "made many hearts merry on so many occasions."
Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2011 about Harry Marlin
Name: Harry Marlin
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1924
Spouse's Name: Vivian Marlin
Spouse's Age: 47
Marriage Date: 24 May 1946
Number of Children: 2
Divorce Date: 28 Sep 1977
Divorce Place: Brown, Texas, USA
Jesse James Marlin (1883 - 1974)
Myrtle Mae Green Marlin (1885 - 1959)
Earl Marlin (1914 - 1928)*
Harry Bettis Marlin (1924 - 2010)
Rock Church Cemetery
Maintained by: Walter Allen
Originally Created by: Ed Walker
Record added: May 22, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52710110
Added: Feb. 26, 2011
Added: Feb. 26, 2011